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Mike James starts fast, then gets carted off

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Buccaneers running back Mike James got off to a great start on Monday night against the Dolphins. But it didn’t last long.

On Tampa Bay’s first drive, James was the focal point of the offense, and he looked great. James carried five times and gained 41 yards, but after helping the Bucs get deep in Miami territory, he went down with an ankle injury.

James was carted off the field, and the team initially said he’s questionable to return but announced shortly after that he would not be back.

Without James the Buccaneers scored on a great tackle-eligible pass to Donald Penn (who showed off a great vertical jump in celebrating), and on Tampa Bay’s next drive, backup running back Brian Leonard helped march the Buccaneers into field goal range, where they took a 10-0 lead.

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18 Responses to “Mike James starts fast, then gets carted off”
  1. bucrightoff says: Nov 11, 2013 9:10 PM

    Penn always talks about how he can dunk. Impressive for a big man.

    As to James, its the Schiano curse. When he’s fired it’ll be lifted.

  2. beerbudsnbevo says: Nov 11, 2013 9:28 PM

    I know this is way of the subject, but has there been a Logicalvoicesays sighting since Thursday?

    Somebody better go check on him….

    He probably hasn’t eaten in days and is just squatting in the corner sucking his thumb

  3. vikescry1 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:29 PM

    injury’s suck! signed a packers fan…

  4. dolphins4 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:33 PM

    The Dolphins look like crap tonight.

  5. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Nov 11, 2013 9:36 PM

    Everyone remember that just because you make big free agent signings doesn’t mean you’ll be successful when the offseason rolls around. Especially when those signings consist of a one trick pony WR and a couple of LBs. I know Lane Johnson hasn’t been great so far in Philly, but it didn’t make sense then or now for Miami to draft a pass rusher over an offensive lineman.

  6. mobuccsfan says: Nov 11, 2013 9:36 PM

    Sucks. He looked like a great back up for Martin. Just the way it goes. I wonder how the Buccaneers will mess this up…hopefully they get off the snide tonight though but I just don’t trust them after the way they’ve blown games this year.

  7. bucforever says: Nov 11, 2013 9:37 PM

    The Bucs are still running the ball on the Fins. The next man up seems to be working tonight. I hope Penn gets another chance to score!

  8. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 11, 2013 9:43 PM

    We can’t lie. We lol’d when he got hurt.

  9. chrisjohnston10 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:44 PM

    Good teams overcome injuries. Hence why the pats have a 7-2 record despite their injuries. They were even able to go 11-5 without Brady for a season.

  10. onebucplace says: Nov 11, 2013 9:46 PM

    The Bucs looked at least this dominant for the first half last week in Seattle before Schiano does what Schiano does and completely shutdown the offense and went ultraconservative.

    Lets see if for the first time in the entire time that Schiano has been here if he does something different. I’m guessing not. Miami isn’t a good team so maybe they won’t beat the Bucs, but I have a feeling it will come right down to the end – and if that’s true it ALWAYS ends with a Bucs L.

  11. cwk22 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:04 PM

    Ross states that he is appalled at the situation with Incognito. He should also be appall at his team performance! It is hard to be a Dolphins fan!!!!

  12. charleypattonsguitar says: Nov 11, 2013 10:04 PM

    Unfortunate, as this kid is talented and has been playing well. He’s done a great job filling in for Martin and hope the kid makes it back quickly.

  13. thepftpoet says: Nov 11, 2013 10:08 PM

    Steeler Nation can stay healthy and they still suck…

  14. patsfan1820 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:33 PM

    So are the Bucs going to blow another lead?

  15. mitybuc says: Nov 11, 2013 10:41 PM

    Highly talented roster. Had high hopes coming into this season.

    Mental breakdowns/game losing penalties will happen…and are normally corrected by week 2 or so of the regular season.

    Mind boggling how intelligent folks would waste millions on that talented roster, with the current coaching staff.

    Get a competent coaching staff in place so you can work on getting your fan base back.

    Long time fan (Testaverde’s rookie season), zero faith in current coaching staff. ugh.

  16. chillaxbro23 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:45 PM

    so happy were playing the worst team in the league we would have been blow out already

  17. onebucplace says: Nov 11, 2013 10:51 PM

    BTW my comment was written when the Bucs were up 15-0 and Miami had done nothing. I know Greg Schiano. He’s an idiot. I think it would still be close if they were up 150-0.

  18. sikoix says: Nov 11, 2013 11:01 PM

    Honestly, I wouldn’t normally be interested in a dolphins/bucs game, but figured I’d watch hoping for a train wreck while rooting for the bucs. They looked pretty dominant initially, but the coaching made me want to pull my hair out to the point of now pulling for the dolphins. That guy onebucplace hit the nail on the head it would seem (don’t watch many Buc games, but what he states sure sounds accurate from what I’m seeing).

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